Here Are Pink Floyd Drummer Nick Mason’s Top Five Favorite Albums 

Words by Riley Fitzgerald
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For those who missed it Pink Floyd‘s Nick Mason gave an interview with podcast Classic Album Sundays in 2018 within which he listed his top five albums of all time.

First is Bob Dylan‘s era-defining second album The Freewheelin Bob Dylan.

“Still the greatest songwriter in rock music,” Mason reflected.

Next comes The Jimi Hendrix Experience‘s Axis: Bold as Love.

Mason toured England with Hendrix alongside the rest of Pink Floyd in November 1967.

It seems he still holds Hendrix and the band in high regard commenting that the record featured, “not only the greatest guitar player but also one of my favorite and the most influential drummers Mitch Mitchell.”

His mind then turns to jazz, specifically the Thelonious Monk and album The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall.

One of my favorite modern jazz players of all time,” Mason notes. “His piano playing is a lesson in timing and percussion, as well as the music.”

Fourth is another jazz record, Miles DavisA Tribute To Jack Johnson which Mason deemed “probably the greatest jazz album of all time.

Last on the drummer’s list was something a little more obscure, Bruce Hornsby & The Range‘s Halcyon Days.

Love the songs, love the band and you also get a bit of Eric Clapton,” Mason jokes.

You can listen to the Podcast in its entirety here.


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